KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Killeen high school senior who played on the football team and then directed the school’s band at halftime from the podium in full pads has accepted an offer to join a college D-1 marching band.
Freddy Hicks, 17, will be marching this football season for the Prairie View A&M University Marching Storm Band as a tuba player.
Freddy got the news last week from the university, which was his top choice, after auditioning there in November.
“Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. My wife and I are so excited for him because we know he worked so hard to get this point,” said Central Hicks, Freddy’s proud father.
“All the hard work , all the time, all the frustration has come to this point.”
Freddy graduates this spring from Shoemaker High School in Killeen where his passion for both music and sports started at an early age.
By the time he was in seventh grade, he was both playing tuba in the band and suiting up for Gray Wolves on the field.
He admits finding the time to do both hasn't always been easy.
"To be honest it was more of a schedule kind of thing. I got with my coaches and my directors and I put together my practice schedule and told them what I wanted to do," Freddy said.
"And they just work with me. They work with each other. There was a lot of teamwork that went into it."
That team includes Freddy's family.
His parents both work at Shoemaker, mom Bernadette as a counselor and dad Central as an AVID program coordinator and teacher as well as varsity girls’ soccer coach and freshman football coach.
"The thing most people say is 'how can you do this at a 6-A high school. There is no way. You have to choose' and we're realizing more and more you don't have to choose. You just have to be able to cooperate," Central said.
It's a feeling echoed by mom who says there was more hard work than meets the eye under the Friday night lights.
"I'm just really proud of him because he didn't quit and it's really hard," Bernadette said.
"Everyone looks at the product and goes 'wow that's amazing but at home we see all of the grit and the hard work and the sacrifice and so to see him on the field actually walking out what he wants to do is amazing."
Freddy will sign officially sign with the school on Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Shoemaker High School.